Kiwi legend to christen next Avalon vessel


Lovingly known in New Zealand as the ‘Mother of the Nation’, beloved national broadcasting legend Judy Bailey has been asked to formally christen Avalon Imagery II – the newest in the Avalon Waterways family of river cruise vessels next year. Bailey, a journalist of 40 years standing, is best known for presenting New Zealand’s prime-time news for 26 years, along with hosting a number of popular travel television programs.

The 128-passenger Avalon Imagery II vessel will be the 12th and latest ‘Suite Ship’ for Avalon Waterways since the concept for 2011. It will be launched in the German town of Engers on 05 April next year, right on the Rhine River, surrounded by VIP guests, international dignitaries and Godmothers of Avalon ships of the past.

Avalon Tapestry II will be 110 metres in length and like others in the Suite Ship category, will comprise suite accommodation across two decks, each offering a wall-to-wall window which opens out to allow fresh air and sunshine into the cabin, or can be closed to create a comfortable private living room.

The ship will operate Avalon’s eight-day ‘Romantic Rhine’ itinerary between Amsterdam and Basel.

“New Zealanders are passionate travellers, so I am especially thrilled to be the first New Zealander to name an Avalon ship,” Bailey commented on the honour.